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petroleum institute. >>> on new years day, and during the first week of january, the u.s. economy will be hit by $600 billion of automatic tax increases. and automatic spending cuts. the phenomenon known as the fiscal cliff. if that happens, it will trigger a recession, or worse. so, president obama is taking action and insisting that republicans agree to increase the existing marginal tax rates on the wealthiest top 2% of u.s. taxpayers. and of course, there is more to the deal. but there will be no negotiations on that big part of the deal unless that tax on the wealthiest 2% is negotiated now. the president could not be more emphatic in stressing the indispensable element of surmounting the cliff is that super-rich revenue. >> we're not insisting on rates just out of spite. or out of any kind of partisan bickering. but rather because we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. >> okay. here is john boehner, the republican house speaker. >> if you look at the plans that the white house have talked about thus far, they couldn't pass either house of the congress. >> republicans
profiles chinese artist and dissident ai wei wei, whose work is on exhibit in the u.s. for the first time. >> if we can change ourselves, that means part of society will change. if more people can do so, then we can change the society. >> woodruff: and we look at what the federal trade commission calls a "digital danger zone," mobile applications that gather data about children. >> what needs to be done is a way for parents to easily at any time see exactly what's being collected and who they are sharing that information with. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: michigan, a s
a trend, apple will soon move overseas manufacturing jobs here to the u.s. abc's david muir has the story. >> reporter: ceo tim cook now says some of apple's mac computer will next year carry the three word "made in america." cook telling bloomberg business week the company plans to spend $100 million next year to move production of the mac line from china become here to the u.s. it was earlier this year when asked about the factories they used to have here in america that tim cook talked about possibility of bringing manufacturing back. >> there isome manufacturing revive vaal in the u.s. will there be an apple product made in the united states? >> i want there to be. >> reporter: a promise there will be. at the factories in china they make 40% of the world's electronics where this year, bill welir. took you inside. apple moving their macs to america, represents a small part of the overall product line. cook made the point before that key components of the iphone for instance are made in america. the processor made here. glass in kentucky. >> it says on the back of an apple product, desi
at entitlement programs in 31 days. so i do believe we will let the top tax rate go for 98% of the u.s. public, will not have their taxes raised. we need to take the example from california. california did it, people voted for. melissa: goodness, california will go bankrupt and they're falling off in the ocean. i would never want to imitate california. >> california. california is doing much better. melissa: you're a great sport. thanks for coming on. we appreciate your time. >> all right. melissa: many so. country's mow powerful democrats unveiled a new tax plan aiming not so much at the rich but aimed at favorite vices. would the pain be worth the gain? >>> the government extends an olive branch to the protesters and get firebombed in return. will it swallow the morsi government and middle east security along with it? more "money" coming up. ♪ . i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... hew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery.
." >> i will certainly not turn myself in. >> in disguise and on the run. u.s. internet tycoon john mcafee is hiding in belize. from authorities investigating a murder. but cnn found him and you'll hear his exclusive interview. >> i think that what we can conclude is that we've got to be better. >>> an extreme makeover. that's what some republicans say the party needs after losing the presidency and seats in congress. all morning, we'll look at how the grand old party might be looking for a bold new image. >> why did you do that to me? >> humiliating tasks and degrading exercises all part of the therapy designed to turn gay merge straight. now several men are suing for treatment so controversial we can't even show you the pictures. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thanks for starting your morning with me. in just two weeks, egyptians will vote on a new constitution, the constitutional assembly handed the new constitution to the president just a short time ago, but right now, egypt seems anything but united. supporters of president mohamed morsi have been filling the streets
service members remained. he says he remembers being on the deck of the u.s.s. honolulu like it was yesterday. >> when i got there i had the cover off one of the 50 caliber machine guns. the other was about halfway off and a torpedo went by, the torpedo heading for ship row. i thought at the time that this is really a good mock thing like that. i pull the cover off the rest of the way and about that time another torpedo came by and i saw the big red ball and i realized it was the japanese who were attacking pearl harbor. heather: he has helped id nine service members and has the names of one hundred more men that he believes are identifiable. because of his work more than 300 gravestones at the national cemetery in hawaii have been relabeled with the names of the diseased. jon: new information on the earthquake in japan we told you about earlier. minimal damage and minor injuries reported now. the 7.3 magnitude quake striking off the northeastern coast triggering a small tsunami in the same area affected by last year's earthquake disaster. residents are breathing a sigh of re
chemical weapons are mixed and ready to kill. that's the word from senior u.s. officials today. there are new warnings for the united states, and details on the deadly nerve agent which can kill a person with one drop. and then there is the mysterious john mcafee, the software guy. he is back behind bars after being on the run. >>> a picture. -- >> quite a picture. you probably know the name from millions of computers mcafee and now he is facing serious allegations about a murder. and people could be sifting through your internet history. in fact, they could be doing it now and you wouldn't have a clue. it is a new form of cyber spying. it is all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." first from fox at 3:00 in new york city, a potentially deadly new move from the syrian regime. a senior u.s. official tells fox news syria has loaded components of the lethal nerve agent sarin into bombs. and now the military is waiting for uh sad to give the -- assad the okay to deploy the weapons. experts are warning that sarin gas is one of the most dangerous chemical agen
recognition of that particular status. of course, the u.s., israel, canada and others. what do you think it says about the u.s. and about israel's position in the world that only nine votes came together against us? >> well, it was a lost bat to begin with, shannon. in fact, i think israel made a mistake here. israel should have been one of the first to recognize this palestinian initiative. because it is commensurate with and compatible with the two state st. louis. no one in israel has a better idea but the two state solution. partitioning the land not because it's the right thing to do or smart to do but the only thing to do. let alone being the right thing to do. what it showed is that failure to address these issues, failure, absence of the peace process and failure to launch one. isolates israel in the international community. isolates the u.s. in the international community. kind of super imposes shannon on a new administration on the new obama administration. involvement in the middle east at a time when conditions do not seem to be con deuce i and do not seem to be right. i woul
for new jersey. wait. isn't he a fiscal hawk? plus, syrian president accuses the u.s. of manufacturing stories as a pretext for an invasion. leon panetta responds tonight and a day after john mcagree is taken into custody, he was rush to the hospital. we'll be back. everything hase just right. perfection is in the details. ♪ get to holiday fun faster with pillsbury cookie dough. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] can't find theraflu? try alka-seltzer plus for fast, liquid, cold, and flu relief. try alka-seltzer plus meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a
weekend at a conference on u.s. israeli issues. >> hi, everybody, welcome to the state department. >> reporter: that included this tribute video. >> i am somewhat overwhelmed, i'm obviously thinking i should sit down. i prepared some remarks for tonight but then i thought maybe we could just watch that video a few more times. >> reporter: until clinton decides her future, it's widely believed she freezes a potential democratic field that could include vice president joe biden, democratic strategist hilary rosen has her own prediction. >> i think she's going to run for president, but we're wasting our time speculating about it, she marches to her own drummer, she's not going to be rushed. >> have you talked to her at all about this, do you know if she's talked to political advisers about this? >> i have talked to her about it, and i've been shut down. >> reporter: clinton would have company. >> do you know any good diners in new hampshire or iowa. >> i will not stand by and watch the people of south carolina ignored. >> reporter: all kidding aside, paul ryan and marco rubio already
guards. after decades of gains, fewer than 12% of u.s. workers now belong to unions. in michigan, it's fewer than 18%. cnn's poppy harlow is at the state capital in lansing. how did it go? >> reporter: are an historic day in michigan. a state at the heart of organized labor in this country. one person said, if it can happen in michigan, it can happen everywhere and that's why thousands and thousands of protesters descended on the state capital fighting this legislation, which will make it legal in this state for people to work at an auto company or in public schools without being part of the union. it will be illegal for a unions or employers to mandate that employees join the union or pay any money to the union. this brings into question, what is the future of unions in america? today i had a chance to talk to the person at the heart of that debate, bob king. here is his take. does this mean the beginning of sort of a death of unions in this country? are you concerned that this is that big symbolically? >> reporter: n. >> no. i think that workers and working families are tired of lo
"starting point" next. >>> the u.s. is deploying 400 troops, 2 air defense missile batteries to defend turkey against syria. we'll have a live report this morning. >>> ambassador susan rice takes herself out of the running for secretary of state. why did she do it? who will replace hillary clinton? >>> president obama and john boehner meet for 50 minutes, but didn't walk out with a fiscal cliff deal. but they didn't reach a deal, what's next? >>> why are these ukrainian lawmakers throwing punches. glad we're not there. >> not there yet. friday, december 14th. "starting point" begins now. good morning, everybody. our starting point, a developing story about syria's ongoing civil war and a new role for the united states. leon panetta signed an order to send two patriot missile batteries to turkey along with 400 u.s. troops to help the country defend against any u.s. action by syria. the move was expected as the rebellion destabilizes or begins to destabilize the assad regime. nick paton walsh has the latest for us. nick, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. 400 u.s. troops
. that is the same as the vatican. >> only a handful of countries voted against the move, including the u.s. and israel. both threaten to sanction palestinian request. israel today announced the construction of 3000 more settler homes in response. >> many hope it will be for step toward independence and true statehood. >> life remains the same in the palestinian territories, but many say the united nations vote has given them a new outlook. >> it is a beautiful feeling. there's hope that our children will grow up in an independent nation with its own voice, and that is a feeling that is hard to describe it. >> the decision came after a powerful appeal by the palestinian authority president in new york. >> the general assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the state of palestine. >> 138 generally assembly -- general assembly members voted in favor of upgrading palestine to the status of nonmember observers say. israel opposed the status change, saying the resolution will not help further the peace process. >> the truth is nothing will change if they cont
this is a problem president obama cannot afford to ignore. a test could send a missile over u.s. allies, including japan and those in southeast asia, creating a major security risk drawing them and the u.s. into a potential conflict. rebecca. >> anna werner, thank you. now to egypt. president mohamed morsi said tonight the country will vote december 15 on a new constitution. the draft document and the president's new powers brought egyptians back to the streets today. holly williams is in cairo tonight, and good evening to you, holly. >> reporter: good evening. well, tens of thousands of president morsi's supporters took to the streets today, but it follows days of protests by his opponents, who accuse mr. morsi of behaving like a dictator. last week, the president gave himself broad new powers that he says he needs until egypt has a new democratic constitution. the panel writing that constitution rushed to finish a final draft on friday working through the night. but the panel is dominated by mr. morsi's islamist allies. and the final draft includes a bigger role for islamic sharia law and empowe
>>> my name is chris stevens, i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. i had the honor to serve as the envoy to the libyan revolution and i was thrilled to watch the libyan people stand up and demand their rights. now i'm excited to return to libya to continue the great work we've started, building a solid partnership between the united states and libya to help you the libyan people achieve your goals. right now i'm in washington, preparing for my assignment. as i walk around the monuments and memorials commemorating the courageous men and women that made america what it is, i'm reminded we too went through challenging periods, when america was divided by a bitter civil war 150 years ago. president abraham lincoln had the vision to pull us together toward a shared goal of peace and prosperity. growing up in california i didn't know much about the arab world. then after graduating from the university of california at berkeley, i traveled to north africa as peace corps engineer. i worked as an english teacher in morocco two years and quickly grew to love this part of the world. si
knows darn well he's not going to get through now. pushing out carbon heavy fuels like coal out of the u.s. energy mix. you mentioned west virginia. folks like democrats from those states are not happy about that. megyn: the nrdc says its approach will cost $4 billion a year. but they claim it will save over $25 billion each year in reduced pollution related illnesses like asthma. so we will wait and see if there's any action. thank you so much. dramatic new amateur video on the streets of serious capital. rebel forces battling government troops in damascus today. you can see rebel snipers shooting from inside buildings. secretary of state hillary clinton now raising more concerns that bashar al-assad may resort to using chemical weapons against his own people. hillary clinton saying the u.s. is worried about an increasingly desperate bashar al-assad may use the weapons or lose control of them. this battle has been exploited to some extent by al qaeda. the rebels have been infiltrated by al qaeda, which is becoming a growing force there. in any event, the concern about chemical weapons is
withdrawal of most u.s. combat troops in 2014. u.s. commanders on the ground have called for 15,000 it remain there. the pentagon under white house pressure to make do with as small a force as possible. in kabul a few months ago he was at the airfield there when someone driving a truck that should not have been there and very dangerous there. in kandahar the southern part of the country, that was the heartbeat of the taliban. that is where the enemy is living now. alisyn: there is always security concerns, today in particular. we're just getting started here on "america's newsroom." new fallout from the president's health care law. first came word of that medical device tax and a fee for people to pay for preexisting conditions. now there are new details about a major insurer's plans to spike rates. bill: oh, boy. michigan's new laws to opt out of union fees, the right toe work effort, is it gaining steam across the country? where will the supporters go next we ask? alisyn: a few weeks before you could see a much smaller paycheck. americans are speaking out. what they're saying to congress. a
injured after a car bomb tar getted a u.s. base. a minibus exploded at the gate of camp chapman. it was also the target of a suicide bombing that killed seven cia contractors and a jordanian in 2009 when a double agent, loyal to extremists, blew himself up. >>> syria's military police chief has defected. recording a video that aired on arab tv network, announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no locker acting in the spec interest of the people. the decision follows two brutal attacks on hungry civilians standing in bread lines and comes at a time when rebel forces are said to be making gains over government troops over control of major cities. >>> andruw jones, free on bone this morning after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas on a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. the center fielder won ten straight gold gloves with the braves. played with the new york yankies last year and recently signed with a team in january pan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected prime minister. he held the same posi
to track u.s. submarine using the technology he learned on the job working for the navy. the information included the technology and procedures required to find the subs. hoffman delivered that information to fbi agents posing as an undercover operation. >> that was andy fox reporting. >>> now for a look at your friday weather, nicks meteorologist dylan dreyer is here with the forecast. it happens to be our favorite one. >> i know. it is a good day but, yeah, you know, yesterday was so much colder than it has been. we're actually starting to see a pattern shift here. we are going to see colder air start to work in behind this cold front that is bringing a whole lot of rain through portions of the great lakes through the ohio river valley. basically the country is split in half. the northern part of the country is seeing all this messy weather mostly in the form of rain but the southern half of the country, minus a couple of clouds, really not seeing too much of anything. in fact, most of our warm temperatures are down through the gulf coast states as well. this cold front is going to mov
the men are u.s. citizens. originally though from pakistan. they could get life in prison. there is a stalemate. let's not kid ourselves. that's the quote today from speaker of the house john boehner about the battle over the so-called fiscal cliff. that's the combination, of course, of spending cuts and exexpiring tax breaks set to kick in about a month from now. economists say it could cause another recession. today, the president visited a toy factory in pennsylvania to make his case for his plan. he is asking americans to pressure congress to extend tax cuts for the middle class right now. in fact, extend tax cuts for everybody for the first $250,000 of income. so the families won't have to worry about a new year's day tax hike. republic leaders say letting the tax cuts expire on income of more than $250,000 would hurt small businesses and, as they call them. job creators. let's get to ed henry who is with us from the white house tonight. president says the election proved most americans are on board with this plan. >> that's right. he, without using the word thinks he
the military is awaiting word from president assad to unleash on his own people. a senior u.s. official telling fox news the chemical weapons have been locked and loaded into aiaerial bombs. if the gas is discharged, it will only take one minute to kill tens of thousands of people, just one minute. there's nothing the u.s. military or any military can do to help them once it's been released. fox news national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the latest. jennifer? >> reporter: according to a source i spoke to moments ago, the sarin gas could be deliverable in civil ways, but it's believed t to have been placed in fracture i can'table s that can be dropped from planes. according to the source, they think it's in aerosol form. the u.s. military is making contingency plans should assad leave suddenly. there are indications that various middle eastern countries are trying to find a place to give assad asylum according to diplomatic sources. as you mentioned, senior u.s. official also told fox earlier today that the sarin had been mixed and had been weaponized and that that sarin, once tha
're in the "cnn newsroom." i'm joe johns. fredricka whitfield is off. u.s. investigators are looking into whether a man detained in egypt played a role in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. egyptian authorities have detained muhammad abu ahmed. he's a well known jihadist who was released from prison after the downfall of former president hosni mubarak's regime.diotti i york. what do we know about the arrest of the aleng ledged terrorist suspect? >> he was picked up a couple weeks ago in ejimegyegypt. joous authorities suspect he may have been involved in the consulate attack in benghazi on september 11th that killed chris stephens and three other americans with direct knowledge of the investigation. the u.s. source tells me the fbi which is conducting the investigation, has not had access to him yet. the source says following the attack, ahmed very quickly popped up on their radar, so they have been looking at him for some time. the official would not comment on what led them to him. joe. >> so what do we know about this guy? he's a radical, certainly, and he's been on the radar, but
. >> thank you. >>> dramatic rescue. americans were kidnapped in afghanistan. they are freedly u.s. military coalition troops. they took him on wednesday in the district outside of kabul. six people were killed. two arrested during the dangerous mission. dr. joseph is seen here in this video posted on youtube. there's no word on his condition or if he was harmed in captivity. >>> in egypt, a call for new protest against president morsi today. his attempt to diffuse weeks of unrest failed. last night's announcement did not satisfy opponents on a draft constitution. we are live in cairo. do his opponents see this as a victory? >> reporter: well, right now, they don't feel it is a victory. not only has the referendum gone ahead as scheduled, there's been no dialogue about the constitution and the articles which are the main source of detention. the decree issued november 22nd was the cast list to the street protests we have been seeing. over the past two weeks, the demands of the protesters extend beyond the decree. they want a new constitution drafted. what the opponents say is the constitutio
toughest economic crises. >> there is a shortage and all of the important items are bought by u.s. dollars. >> the prices of meat, poultry, vegetables, and fruits are rising too. >> many people cannot come near the market because of prices. we come you are relying on god. >> my income is little. i struggle to make ends meet. we demand the government intervene to control it. >> many here are poor. now their situation is worse. sudan has lost more than 75% of its oil revenue went south sudan broke away last year. the government decided to cut its subsidies on basic commodities. with the currency dropping against the u.s. dollar, the prices of basic food items increase. the government says it must adopt austerity measures and cut spending. in june, a government decision to increase the prices of sugar led to scenes like these across the country. officials at the imf say more crops are needed to lower the deficit. this economist blames the government for the crisis. >> is the responsibility of the entire system. the state is irresponsible for the economic instability for increasing the exchang
the vote because he said the constitution is essential for the demoek a si. >>> an elite u.s. special forces team rescues an american doctor abducted in afghanistan but loses one of its own in the process. he was freed 11 hours after his captored released two other staffers. the defense secretary now confirms a u.s. service member was killed in that operation. the colorado doctor will return home in a couple of days. >>> a small is plane carrying a popular singer has crashed in northern mexico. the aircraft was found in pieces over a mountainside. all six people on board are dead. nobody survivors. 43 year old jeannie rivera sold (1) 500-0000 records and won two bill lard mexican music awards. her brother and father are on the way to claim her remains. >>> fed-ex is gearing up for its busiest day of the calendar year. 19 million packages are expected to be moved today. fed-ex says most of the increase in shipments is because of a big jump in online holiday orders this year. >> people do a lot of shopping online. i would say i did most of my shopping online this year. >> i did some. >>
a surprise attack on the u.s. naval base at pearl are bar in hawaii leaving more than 2,400 americans dead and drawing the u.s. into world war ii. then, president franklin roosevelt dubbed it off course, "the day which will live in infamy." the death toll is climbing in the philippines after a powerful typhoon washed away a string of villages. more than 400 people were killed and hundred of others they're still missing. the flooding was so widespread, two emergency shelters turned into death traps. >>> a new government climate report warns that flooding from future storms will likely get worse. thanks to sea levels rising faster than ever. scientists say global sea levels will rise 8 inches and 6 1/2 feet by 2100. since 1992,the levels rose half an inch. 8 million americans live in areas prone to coastal flooding. so learn how to swim everybody. >> temperature warms up. glaciers, ice caps melt. sea levels go up. >> wear a life preserver at all times. >>> here is a look at your weather now on this friday. showers in the midwest. and northeast. wet at time from the carolina coast done throug
that a red line, and the u.s. would have to get involved if bashar al-assad were to do that. do you think that the u.s. stance is the same today? >> well, i think it is, allison, and it's getting very critical because with damascus being surrounded, or about to be surrounded, the potential, the airport as was just reported, that that may be put out of business, bashar al-assad is getting desperate and he may go to his last option which would be chemical weapons, sarin gas. we have good intelligence that they are loading up aircraft. they have moved the munition -gs from thmahmoudijah admonitions from the eug lieu igloos, where they are stored. it's a very difficult situation. nato leading from the front must get involved. we cannot let those weapons get in the hands of hezbollah, hamas, al-qaida. >> reporter: if the u.s. were to get involved ornate tow, what would that look like? >> i would not have a large footprint as you've heard some people in the pentagon say 75,000 troops. i think we can use a smaller footprint, use air power, put a no-fly zone over syria, go in and seize those. the
criticism over her first response to the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya. margaret brennan is at the state department. margaret, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. cbs news has learned susan rice privately began expressing doubts about her nomination to friends this week saying the attacks had reached a fevered pitch. then yesterday she had a phone conversation with president obama and withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state. >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure how can you not want to in my field serve at the highest possible level? >> reporter: last night u.n. ambassador susan rice explained why she asked president obama not to consider her for secretary of state. in an op-ed she wrote, quote, a national security appointment, much less a potential one, should never be turned into a political football. there are far bigger issues at stake. on twitter she posted those of you who know me know that i'm a fighter, but not at th
to figure this out. lori: i was speaking with martin felton yesterday of harvard, the u.s. economy is still in serrous danger of falling into a recession. >> i think the fiscal cliff is the single biggest risk. if we avoid that, i think we have a good shot of growing. not rapidly, but between one and 2%. housing is recovering. i think without the fiscal cliff, we will do all right. lori: tax rates or than likely are going up, at least for one class. you have this slow growth. at the same time, think of the federal reserve keeping rates low for so long. we could be in serious trouble. >> on the inflation front, we are not very worried for the next year or two. it is out there, but not the next year or two. they will phase in whatever tax increase they put in. it will not hit next year. it will phase in over a couple years. that is the smart way to do it. lori: thank you for your time. >> thank you. you bet. melissa: i would like to be optimistic. date -- details of the probe have not been released. over 80 people have already been questioned about the more than $5 billion in trading losses l
years in the u.s. this woman headed halfway around the world to try to help afghan girls help themselves. for her work she was honored as cnn's -- one of cnn's heroes, and here is her story. >> most of the goods have no worth. they are used as property of the family. the picture is very grim. my name is razia jan, and i'm the founder of a girls school in afghanistan. when we opened the school in 2008, 90% of them could not write their name. today 100% of them are educated. they can read. they can write. i lived in the u.s. for over 38 years. i was really affected by 9/11. i really wanted to prove that muslims are not terrorists. i came back here in 2002. >> everybody. >> girls have been the most repressed, and i thought i have to do something. it was a struggle in the beginning. i would sit with these men, and i would tell them don't marry them when they're 14 years old. they want to learn. >> how do you write your father's name? >> e-i-s -- >> after five years now, the men, they are proud of their girls. one day they can write their name. still, we have to take these precautions. some p
, you know, when we think senator demint we think of a tea party stronghold within the u.s. senate and helped and also hurt a number of republican candidates. who were they? >> reporter: that's right. great. let's start with the senators now. obviously, who he helped elect. this is the positive side of his millions and his work. marco rubio, pat toomey. very conservative, anti-tax, anti-government purists in the mold of jim demint. however, he also backed in republican primaries a number of republican candidates who simply were not electable according to the republican establishment and the establishment was right. for example, remember christine o'donnell, i'm not a witch, from delaware. ken buck of colorado. and others. so those are some of the reasons why he definitely has ruffled many a-feather with the party leaders and i have to tell you first thing i saw when the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell released a statement today was making the point that demint had, quote, uncompromising service. didn't have to read between the lines too much to see there's a backhanded com
political crisis. >>> in greece, police fended off protesters launching molotov cocktails. >>> and in the u.s., the president is taking his fiscal cliff solutions directly to the people. >>> plus, a modern-day spy story ripped from the pages of a tom clancy novel. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry and we start with breaking news out of japan. a strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the country's northeastern coast. that's the same region hit by last year's massive earthquake and tsunami. well, this morning's quake shook buildings as far as tokyo, and there are reports of a three-foot tsunami in the miyagi prefecture. the u.s. geological survey says there's no risk of a widespread tsunami, and so far, there have been no news of injuries or damage. of course, we're going to keep an eye on any aftershocks that occur and we'll bring you the very latest. >>> well, elsewhere, all eyes are on cairo this morning as turmoil has once again overtaken egypt's capital. this time, it's in response to a politically explosive power grab by the democracy's president, mohamed morsi. right now, so
secretary leon panetta announcing that the u.s. is sending patriot missiles and troops to turkey to deal with the growing threat from the neighboring syria. 400 troops will join nato forces and stand ready to act if syria intends to unleash chemical weapons. fox's leland vittert is in our middle east bureau. leland, just a few days ago the head of nato said the assad regime is about to collapse. why deploy these troops now? >> reporter: it really has to do with showing solidarity with the turks who are clearly very scared and timing comes a couple days after we learned that the syrians were mixing chemical weapons to possibly use. so this is the united states and nato's way of really get being behind turkey, a close ally saying we support you. the secretary of defense was quick to point out that the patriot missiles are just that, defensive weapons that will be put down along the syrian border to protect syria, protect turkey from attacks by syrian jets or scud missiles that would fly in but that is not exactly the whole story. the patriots could be easily programmed and put in a no-fly
for that regime to use chemical weapons to kill its own people. we will look at what the u.s. could actually do and the warning that comes with it if syria crosses that line. a live report coming up. plus, one month after former presidential candidate mitt romney lost the election, word he just scored himself a new job. and do you watch that show true blood? well, folks from the town where it is filmed have had to evacuate. not because of vampires, on the run. didn't do something stupid. how about six million pounds of explosives that are very real? [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- you can stay in and share something... ♪ ♪ ...or you can get out there with your friends and actually share something. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on, offering some of our best values of the year. this is the pursuit of perfection. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, children laughing ] move to the country, d live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight ab
points to close at 1,374. the nasdaq rose 15 points to close at 2,989. the u.s. senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill normalizing trade relations with russia. but the measure also contained provisions to punish russian officials accused of human rights offenses-- a move the russian government has denounced. the house passed the legislation last month. president obama has pledged to sign it into law. it was all smiles today for the duchess of cambridge, as she left a london hospital. the former kate middleton was discharged after being treated for severe morning sickness. the duchess emerged with her husband, prince william, three days after being admitted. the hospital stay prompted royal officials to announce her pregnancy to the public. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to jeff. >> brown: and to egypt. within the last 24 hours the country has seen the worst violence since president mohamed morsi was elected in june. seven people were killed and more than 600 hurt during overnight clashes in cairo outside the presidential palace. we have a report from jonathan rugm
, saran has a shelf life of 60 days. use it or lose it and the senior u.s. military official says it looks like the syrians have placed the gas in breakable canisters that they could then drop from an aircraft. those canisters would then release the saran as a mist of deadly droplets that could potentially kill thousands of innocent civilian notice area. killing innocent people would be nothing new for this assad. ache atactivists estimate at let 40,000 people have died in the uprising that began early last year. this would mark a bloody new territory for even that dictator. >> we want to be very clear. we want to be very clear to the syrian government as its situation deteriorates, they must not think about deploying these things. they must not deploy them. >> shepard: reports suggest syria produces and stores its chemical weapons in five different locates across the country much the white house has warned if they use those weapons there will be consequences. we don't know what those consequences could involve. that's probably by design. team fox coverage begins now, james rosen live at t
. my father had been a career army officer for a period in the u.s. army and served in world war ii and korea and later became a hospital administrator. >> so you say conservative, orthodox conservative reform? >> right in the middle. >> did you fight in the 1967 war? >> i was a kid. >> you were a kid. did you fight any war? >> i fought in a couple of them, yes. i fought in the lebanon war. i was quite involved in the lebanon war. i served in the israeli paratroopers. i was in the israeli special forces. >> what year? >> june 1982. wars in the middle east occurred in june, almost to the day. it's probably a good war- fighting weather. i was among the first forces to -- of israeli forces to enter the city of beirut in june 1982. my actual unit was decimated in an ambush and we ended up being attached to all sorts of other units for the duration of the war. later on, i became one of the few israelis to be a veteran of the gulf war. in a period just before the outbreak of the gulf war, i was assigned as a strategic liaison between the army and the u.s. fleet. in the book, i went out th
fail. >>> fears over the fiscal cliff are weighing heavily on u.s. stocks, which posted five straight days of losses. the dow had a triple-digit loss on friday. the nasdaq and s&p 500 entered the day and week in the red. i spoke with one wall street trader about mow a deal could help the markets get back in the green. >> listen, if we get a deal and we get a deal that's substantive and realistic and that the market believes, i think the market will rally back and certainly rally back to the 1425, 1440 level. they won't go back it to 1475 unless they pull the complete rabbit out of the hat. i don't think that will happen. the market will certainly rally. you can feel it. every time one comes out and is optimistic, you see the market try to take back some of the losses because it wants a settlement and a resolution. the fact is it's not getting it. the market will vote with its feet, which is what happened this past week. >> in addition to the fiscal cliff, investors have their eye on the jobs market. the latest unemployment report from the government is expected to be released friday.
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amid u.s. intelligence reports that they have moved dangerous chemical weapons. the sources say it involved movement in weapon sites, the teach activity they have not seen at all before. analysts say they believe syria could have throughs of chemical agents on their hands, including mustard gas and sarin gas, a deadly nerve gas. the syrian civil war intensifies. today, officials say a mortar slanted to a 9 the grade classroom in damascus killed a dozen students. the news agency blames "terrorists," a term the syrian government uses often to describe the rebels fighting against the government which is killing its own people. activists say the government has killed more than 40,000 people, or at least 40,000 have died in the civil war which broke out well more than a year ago. we have team fox coverage. now to the state department with reaction from the united states and nato. first to the chief fox correspondent at the united nations this afternoon. it seems there is a battle for a capital city that could be shaping up and that is crucially important. >>jonathan: yes. there is no
ground. perhaps a nato action. but u.s. troops as part of a force, first to keep them from being used against the syrian people by assad. and, two, to keep them in falling into a lot of the wrong hands with many groups having ties to al qaeda. >>shepard: what is the sense from the reporting about the degree to which people feel it would be possible he would use the weapons. that would be an end all. >>chris: it would seem to be suicidal. the western world, second, israel, and a number of countries that is said that is the broad line and the point we come in and topple the regime. however, some people would say killing 40,000 of your own people already, as he has done the last year-plus, that doesn't show the keenest sense of logic or restraint. who is to say what is going on in his mind? as was just reported the news -- noose is tightening. some rebels are fighting on the outskirts of damascus. who knows what he is capable. >>shepard: it was at one point concerning that it could spread to a regional situation. >>chris: the implications are considerable because there is an art official
to start a fight over the debt ceiling. the u.s. could reach its debt ceiling by the end of the month, and risk defaulting on its loans early next year. house speaker john boehner today said, quote, we don't have time for the president to continue shifting the goal posts. we need to solve this problem. danielle lee now joins us from capitol hill with more on this story tonight. danielle? >> reporter: jim, good evening. we're just now learning that president obama spoke to house speaker john boehner by phone this afternoon. but we're not hearing of any progress on avoiding the fiscal cliff or on raising the nation's debt ceiling which is currently at $16.4 trillion. there are new concerns about what could happen to the country's credit rating in the new year. each day toward the fiscal cliff is also another day closer to the country maxing out on its borrowing limit. president obama talked to business leaders today. >> the only thing that the debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is to destroy your credit rating. >> reporter: he's worried republicans may re newsto raise the country's de
with the u.s. and south korea. its state-run media says a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit will lift off within the next two to three weeks. south korea warns if pyongyang does go ahead with this, it can expect a strong response. this would be north korea's second attempt at a rocket launch. the first was the rocket launch it hyped in april. that failed. both washington and seoul suspect the rocket launches are really cover for ballistic missile tests. >>> and all week long we have been seeing protests in egypt, some of which have turned violent, and there are more moss demonstrations happening right now. protesters are holding duelling rallies for and against president mohamed morsi, so let's get straight to cnn's reza sayah in cairo for us. he's joining us now by phone. reza, the muslim brotherhood has called for not one but 2 million man marches in support of morsi. what do you know about those? >> reporter: randi, we are at one of them, and this is a very large gathering. obviously for more than a week now we've seen hundreds of thousands of egyptian protests against president mo
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accused of plotting to blow up u.s. bases in afghanistan pleaded not guilty. prosecutors say they planned for almost a year to fly to afghanistan to join al qaeda and the taliban. the california men were arrested last month, days before investigators say they were to board a plane bound for istanbul and on to afghanistan. the fbi arrested their alleged ring leader in afghanistan, brought him back to the u.s. he has not faced a grand jury or been indicted. >>> let the countdown continue. 26 days until the fiscal cliff. the focus has been on taxes but that's only half of what this is all about. the other ways you could be affect, coming up. to test the 2.0-liter turbo engine. [ engine revs ] ♪ [ derek ] 272 horsepower. the lightest in its class. the cadillac ats outmatches the bmw 3 series. i cannot believe i have ended the day not scraping some red paint off on these barriers. ♪ [ male announcer ] the all-new cadillac ats. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've go
have marginal movement, the cac up 4.2%. the ftse 100 up above .23%. >> u.s. equity futures at this hour -- whoa. hold it. >> what are you looking at? u.s. equity futures. >> it's okay on. didn't we already do this? >> i don't care. i really don't. the new prompter is giving you fits. and yesterday, it ended with a -- did you see that one yesterday? a word ended with a n and the next one i introduced the like like t. boone pickens or something like that. >> we have a new teleprompter and it adds words. >> that's special. >> and people that, you know, that's where we get all of our info, right out of that baby there. anyway, futures are up 14 points. 13114 is where we are right now. i don't know. fiscal cliff is three days away and we're still above 13,000. that's what we're talking about. you would think if the growth was going to flow based on us going over the cliff, you would think oil would start to weaken. we haven't seen that much in that respect, either. as far as the ten year, stable at 98 of 6719. finally, gold -- i don't know. bernanke is on full 85 billion a month
the bill about an hour ago making michigan the 24th state to be a right-to-work state in the u.s. mike tobin is on fox top story. is he live at the capitol in lansing. i just we just heard from the governor, right, mike? >> we did. we heard from the governor with a column of state troopers in riot gear surrounding his office building from. behind that column of protection he made his announcement that right-to-work is now a reality. here in michigan the cradle of organized labor and the governor explained why. >> fortrong reasons. first of all, worker choice. the freedom to choose and the concept of more and better jobs for our state. i think it was a good thing to sign this legislation and move forward. [shouting] >> the demonstrations did get tough. tent americans for prosperity was toppled by union demonstrators with people inside. there were no significant injuries. there was also a report that one person was pepper sprayed and that is an individual who attempt to man handle a female state trooper. no arrests were made. for the most part what you had out here shepard is sound and f
might have tracked him down still at work. >>> and she's out. murder charges dropped against the u.s. open tennis referee accused of killing her husband with a coffee mug. and while she's walking free, authorities say the case against her still isn't closed. today is saturday, december 1st, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill, live from studio >> did i just say december 1st already? >> i don't know how that happened. >> welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. there is a little bit of a break for folks this morning, but it's not going to last. millions of residents along the west coast will get hit hard later today when a new storm stretching from central california up to washington state pounds the region. already the stormy weather there in recent days has turned deadly. we'll get dylan's forecast in just a minute. >>> also ahead, the president hitting the road trying to do an end around past congress. he's pushing his proposal to stall the dispute over the fiscal cliff. will his newest campaign of taking
, brian. they were some of the most popular presidents in u.s. history and all elected to a second term. but it couldn't save them from the dreaded second term curse. it dated back to 1936 when president roosevelt won 46 out of 48 states. he used those results in an attempt to shake up the supreme court and that tarnished his reputation. fast forward to 1984. president reagan's economic recovery turned 49 of the 50 states red. the inran contraservice surface americans didn't like being kept in the dark . then the scandal impossible to forget. >> i want you to listen to me. i will say it again. i did not have sexual relations with that woman: >> gretchen: nick is a presidential historian and author of the book presidential leadership. decisions that changed the nation and he's my guest this morning. >> morning, gretchen. >> gretchen: looking back in history president obama is now reelected to the second term. what do we suspect about the curse. >> it is an interesting topic it is difficult . going all the way back to wilson and league of nation . fdr and truman got run out of office . th
lost, one livelihood destroyed is still want to many. -- one too many. >> today in brussels, the u.s. secretary of state delivered a clear message, warning nato allies they must honor their financial commitments to afghanistan security forces after western troops pull back in 2014. after more than a decade of war, the country's still fragile. but afghanistan has been in this situation before. in a new book, the author, an afghan native, he writes about the misunderstood a history of the country and what it suggests for the country prepare -- for the country's future prepar. >> what i want to say is that it is not a case of the afghan people are one group and the taliban as another entity over there. they have been engaged in a long struggle between its own tendencies toward wanting to open up to the world and move the country in that direction, and those forces that want to entrench and reject that role and become more locally world. you know, verify and confirm the power of grass-roots clerics, grass-roots elders, that is the tendency in afghanistan. it is true that is very much ass
from statements by the head of nato and the u.s. secretary of state that nato could intervene in syria if damascus begins using chemical weapons. >> germany's 16 state premiers have agreed to pursue a ban against the right wing radical npd party. >> and the prohibition would have to be upheld by germany's constitutional court. angela merkel government has so far been skeptical of the measure, saying that if it fails as a similar move did in 2003, i too will only encourage the far right. merkel says she will announce her position early next year. the european central bank has presented its economic outlook for 2013, and it was not exactly filled with seasonal cheer. >> the bank has cut its growth forecast for the eurozone. it has also decided not to change the base interest rate, at least for now. >> it will remain as a historic way of -- historical low of 0.75%, although a cut may still be in store for next year. >> all eyes were on mario draghi as he entered the press conference room, but the ecb president managed a smile before delivering another gloomy projection for the eurozone. t
losses were concealed to avoid a government bailout. the complaints were filed with u.s. regulators, including the securities and exchange commission. >> the three alleged deutsche bank miss valuable to $12 billion in losses during the years 2007 through 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis. deutsche bank says the accusations are wholly unfounded. work has started on a major natural gas pipeline that critics say will deepen europe's dependence on russian gas. president putin was on hand as they began digging for the south stream pipeline. >> to augment supplies already flowing into germany. europe already receives 40% of its natural gas from russia. german investment and technology will be playing a key role in the project. >> it is a victory for russian president vladimir putin. they looked on as the first segments were welded together in western siberia. it is three weeks since bulgaria gave the go-ahead for the project. the last transit country to do so. >> this project has the political support of all partner countries. all have signed the contracts and taken their
rescue of an american doctor who was abducted by the taliban in afghanistan. u.s. and afghan forces working together in the pre-dawn raid launching the critical mission as soon as intelligence showed the doctor was in grave danger. peter doocy reporting from washington. >> taliban insurgents held the doctor captive in the mountains of afghanistan 50 miles from the pakistan border for more than three days. dr. joseph was kidnapped in broad day on wednesday 3:00 in the afternoon following a visit to rural clinic in eastern kabul province where he worked for a nonprofit called morning star development. two other captives were also taken before the rescue which general john allen says he ordered when intelligence showed dr. joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death. it shows our unwavering commitment to defeat the taliban. i'm proud the forces that conducted this operation. thanks to them dr. joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones. he should be back home in colorado springs in the next few days. he was taken to bagram airfield and undergoing evaluation today. he
problems with an engine. the u.s. and south korea are condemning the north's second launch attempt this year. an earlier one failed in april. the u.s. and south korea say the launch is a cover for ballistic missile testing. >>> barriers are going up outside the presidential palace in egypt as the nation moves closer to saturday's planned constitutional referendum. the palace has been the site of clashes between those for and against president mohamed morsi after he gave himself unchecked powers last month. the opposition is calling for new nationwide protests ahead of the vote. >>> and the nobel peace prize has been given to the european union. the three presidents of the eu's main bodies accepted the prestigious award this morning at a ceremony in oslo, norway, but this year's choice was not without controversy. three former nobel laureates wrote a letter of protest saying the union doesn't qualify as a peace maker. >>> for the second time in two weekds, an nfl team overcomes the death of a teammate with a victory on the field. this time it was the dallas cowboys. on the sidelines
♪ >> a bomb threat at a u.s. church just hours before president obama joins mourners in connecticut. ♪ the church was evacuated as heavily armed security forces moved in. hello, there. coming up -- the french foreign minister calls time on the syrian president. outside damascus, french forces killed 25 people in a palestinian territory. the japanese conservative party crushed its components. the website that reveals how heavily london was bombed in world war ii. hello, there, thank you for joining us. heavily armed police have evacuate a church where mourners had gathered in the wake of u.s. school shootings. they searched the house next door after receiving a bomb threat. president barack obama is preparing to travel to a new town to console the grieving relatives of the 27 victims. joan is live for us in new town. what do we know about this threat that the >> i am not sure that i would make that much of it. i am afraid to say that bomb threats are a way of life in this country. when there is a major national story, people take it upon themselves to do this kind of thing. nonethe
many. >> today in brussels, the u.s. secretary of state delivered a clear message, warning nato allies they must honor their financial commitments to afghanistan security forces after western troops pull back in 2014. after more than a decade of war, the country's still fragile. but afghanistan has been in this situation before. in a new book, the author, an afghan native, he writes about the misunderstood a history of the country and what it suggests for the country prepare -- for the country's future prepar. >> what i want to say is that it is not a case of the afghan people are one group and the taliban as another entity over there. they have been engaged in a long struggle between its own tendencies toward wanting to open up to the world and move the country in that direction, and those forces that want to entrench and reject that role and become more locally world. you know, verify and confirm the power of grass-roots clerics, grass-roots elders, that is the tendency in afghanistan. it is true that is very much associated with islamic, what we would call, conservatism. >> is that
: good evening i'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." after months of bloodshed in syria, the u.s. could be close to recognizing the country's rebel coalition. cairo's tahrir square is once again the scene of angry protests and as the islam mist dominated constituent assembly pushes you through the draft constitution. yes, the middle east is living down to its reputation as the world's leading source of turmoil. we start tonight in syria. the damascus airport was reopened friday following fighting that saw international flights canceled thursday republics say they destroyed regular syrian army vehicles near the airport while syrian military jets bombed damascus suburbs that are the strongholds for the rebellan. the rebels have enjoyed a series of tactical successes in the recent weeks capturing air bases and military supplies. the rebels have also scored on the diplomatic front as britain, france, turkey and the gulf cooperation council recently recognized their umbrella group the national coalition of syrian revolutionary and oppositional forces as the legitimate representative o
to launch a long range rocket within days. the u.s. says a launch is a highly provocative act, threatens peace and security in the region. it could also raise tensions with north dkorea. they think the rocket launches are really cover for ballistic missile testing. >>> and we're looking at pictures from cairo university in egypt where thousands of egyptians are chanting slogans in support of the president. mow hmow hom he had morsi was given the new constitution today. it has to be approved by the people in a vote two weeks from now. not everyone is happy about the new constitution. angry crowds are protesting against president morsi and the new constitution the square. >> reporter: there doesn't seem to be an end to the demonstrations here in cairo. another mass protest here in the square. some of the president's fiercest critics here are women, women activists. they don't like the way this constitution was drafted. they don't believe they were represented and the panel that drafted the constitution, and here's what else they're saying, we don't trust the president and the muslim brothe
entire network in the u.s. to help meet demand. >> reporter: u.p.s. set a similar goal to hire 55,000 seasonal workers but the company says several thousand jobs are still waiting to be filled, including positions at its largest hub in louisville, kentucky. the jobs pay between $8.50 and $12 an hour and some companies are even offering cash incentives to employees for referrals. analysts say the challenge for those looking for work? taking a temporary position that may not turn into a full-time job. >> you run the risk of losing those unemployment benefits for that period and if it doesn't become a full-time job, then you have to go through the rigmarole of going back onto unemployment benefits. >> reporte u.p.s. estimates it will move a record 527 million packages between thanksgiving and christmas, a 10% jump from last year. and further proof, holiday shoppers are continuing to shift from in store to online buying. with just over three weeks left to shop, companies will be under even more pressure to deliver your packages even if they can't fill those jobs. michelle franzen, nbc
in the u.s. by sea. total of a billion dollars a day on the ship not delivered to the warehouse. this strike wasn't about salaries or benefits. clerks make nearly 90,000 a year. it was about the belief that the terminal operators wanted to out source future clerical jobs. >> cost the u.s. economy 1 billion a day. >> 8 billion in total. >> good news for the housing industry. >> definitely another sol rid report. home prices rose 6.3 percent in october. that was the biggest increase in more than 6 years. the reason is fewer homes are up for sale. the national association of realtors says supply was down by 22 percent from a year ago. >>> the trend is our friend. something else that is our friend. holiday office parties are back. >> they are back in a big way. lots of companies got rid of holiday parties. 91 percent are planning holiday parties this year. that comes from the executive search. they are spending most money at law firms and healthcare companies. >> really specifically? >> make sure you maintain your composure at your office party. >> maximum heather, maximum. >> appre
. right now everything about syrian president bashir al assad smacks of desperation. now the u.s. state department is looking into reports that he is looking into the possibility of seeking asylum for himself, his family, and their inner circle in latin america. >> we do understand that some countries, both in the region and elsewhere, have offered to host assad and his family should he choose to leave syria. >> syria's deputy foreign minister was recently in venezuela delivering a message from bashir al assad. the minister was also, according to israel's newspaper, in cuba and in ecuador bringing classified letters from assad to leaders there. we couldn't get responses from syrian representatives in the u.s. or from officials of any of those latin american governments. multiple sources in the u.s., europe, and the arab world tell cnn there's no indication assad is ready to leave syria. >> is he the kind of person that would take asylum or will he go down fighting? >> i think there's a real chance that he will huddle along with his sect. the question is whether his sect will want them t
's palace. we'll have a live report from cairo. but, first, u.s. military plans about possible action against syria are changing. senior pentagon officials tell cnn the syrian government could be escalating the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially
piper is in bangkok, thailand. what is the reaction across asia to this launch, david? >> reporter: u.s. allies, japan, south korea condemn the action. philippines, where the rocket landed 200 miles off its shore protested. japan is particularly upset because it flew over the okinawa islands where there is large u.s. presence. south korea is calling for more u.s. sanctions. the most important, china, they are saying want a moderate and prudent response. may well go to the u.n. security council this morning. back to you. martha: so how important is it for north korea's missile regime, missile program i should say they were able to launch this weapon successfully? they have seen several failures in the past? >> reporter: well it is a major scientific achievement if you look at it on that level even though a lot of their people are starving in the country. from what the experts are saying they're still a long way off from being able to fire a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead. there is problems with the heat from reentry, things like that. but it's, they are moving towards that ball
attacks at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> and it's important to remember what susan said was based on the information that had been given to every senior official in our administration, and she made very clear in her appearances that the information was subject to change as more facts were gathered and analyzed by the intelligence community. and look, as is often the case, our understanding evolved over time. and we've done our best to keep the american people and the congress informed. that was her goal, that was her mission and she should not be criticized for doing exactly that. >> that, of course, comes in direct conflict with what general david petraeus, the director of the cia, told the committee in the senate where he said they knew immediately after the attack, the next day, that it was, in fact, an attack launched by al qaeda. now, speaking to reporters in ireland on one of her last trips as secretary of state, hillary laughed off questions about a potential presidential run in 2016, saying she's just too busy with her current job to think long term. >> i'm right now too f
into play at the moment as we wait for the u.s. session. we did have a good piece of news, though, out of china. the new leadership saying wle do whatever it takes to maintain solid economic growth. the shanghai composite up nearly 3% today. that boosted retail stocks. we also had a spanish bond auction, prefunding for 2013. got nearly the 4.5 billion they wanted. yields in spain. the ten-year did come lower on that auction, so not a bad result. and bid to cover was okay. so spanish yields slightly higher after that. didn't raise the maximum amount. that's where we stand. it's another cautious day under way in europe. back to you guys. >> might get my haircut like hers, ross. you know, that anna wintour. that bizarre -- do you think you can manage it? >> a page boy. >> you think you carry that one? >> you'd look awful. >> you know what? we're going to do it. >> you're asking these guys to put me -- >> you'd look good in that one from "dumb & dumber." >> yeah. i make that sound. the most annoying -- you want me to do that? >> no, we don't. >> morgan stanley is trying to bolster lending.
. shadi, there was an article i think on friday in which unnamed u.s. officials were suggesting that morsi might've learned from the last couple of weeks that winner take all is not the way to go and that he needs to reach out to his political opponents. do you think that the brotherhood understands this referendum as in part a referendum on the way it's running politics in egypt? >> to some extent, yes. but i think there's a bigger problem here. the brotherhood is a full access to some of the they are extremely paranoid. they believe the opposition is out to destroy them. they think liberals are anti-democratic and out to bring down who they view to be elected and legitimate elected president. so they're very much in that mode of thinking. and that's what essentially one of their justifications for the authoritarian november 22 decree is, rather leaders told me this is yes, we know it looks bad, we know it's kind of anti-democratic, but the no rules of politics are suspended until future notice because we are in this fundamental turning point. and this is what we have to do. sorry if peop
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